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I was always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. I’ve been seeing so many great WV Strong and Better Angels stories. During these unprecedented times, it’s important to focus on all the wonderful things that are still happening every day in our beautiful state.

Nominated as today’s Better Angels are the staff and volunteers at Christian Help in Kermit, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. During the holiday season, this group creates an annual Christmas Distribution event to help families celebrate by supplying gifts and food. This year, their plans were altered due to the pandemic, but it did not stop them from finding a safe way to help their fellow West Virginians have a happy and healthy Christmas. They organized a drive-through event with minimal contact between the families and volunteers and it was a wonderful start to the Christmas season. Thank you all for organizing this annual event and representing your special community so well.

Please continue sharing your stories of hope, joy, and volunteerism by emailing your nomination and a photo to .


(Photo credit: Mingo Messenger photos by Terry L. May. Christian Help staff and volunteers load boxes of food and other items into vehicles as they drive through this year’s Christmas Distribution. The 25th anniversary installment of the program was modified from its traditional format into a COVID-safe event in efforts to continue serving deserving Mingo County families.)


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) received an update from General Gus Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed on COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution.

"Our state needs vaccines, plain and simple. Today I spoke with General Gus Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, to discuss the procurement and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Until the Biden Administration’s plan kicks in, General Perna assured me West Virginia should continue receiving no less than the doses it is currently receiving. Unfortunately, the press reports are accurate and there is no federal stockpile of vaccine doses. However, as the Biden Administration ramps up manufacturing, they expect to see an increase in the number of doses distributed to each state beginning in early February. As soon as vaccine doses come off the production line, the Biden Administration intends to ship them directly to states, in a transparent manner. They believe doses will steadily increase over the coming months ensuring more Americans and West Virginians can receive this vital vaccine. I will continue to advocate for more vaccine doses until West Virginia receives enough to vaccinate every patient that wants one."

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in West Virginia. 

"I am aware of the scarcity of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout West Virginia and remain disappointed by the Trump Administration’s failure to get these vaccines to the people that need them. Congress has provided significant funding to make more vaccines available to more people, including nearly $9 billion in the most recent COVID-19 relief package. I am working with the incoming Biden Administration to get more vaccines to West Virginia, so that state and local leaders can plan for the appropriate vaccines they should have had all along. While it may take some time to right the ship, help is on the way.”


Some testing sites require a physician’s order before testing. To report your symptoms and be directed to one of the available testing sites, contact your primary care doctor or a designated hotline for your area.  If you have gone through these steps and are still having problems getting a test, please email me at and a member of my staff will reach out to you to see if we can assist. For a listing of one-day, weekly, and drive-through pharmacy testing, visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website:

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine clinics and availability, visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website:

OR call the COVID-19 VACCINE INFO LINE: 1-833-734-0965

Hours of Operation for the Vaccine Info Line: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sunday

Click here for WV DHHR’s latest updates to reported COVID-19 cases


Our office is working diligently to bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Click the links below for more information. All information regarding resources and more can be found on Senator Manchin’s website.

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WV 211:

United Way of West Virginia provides an important service to West Virginians by helping users navigate the vast number of resources available to aid with healthcare issues, food shortages, mental health questions and more. This program is more important now than ever as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic and I commend United Way for continuing to serve their fellow West Virginians through this time.

United Way’s new 2-1-1 will make information on a wide variety of local support services more accessible across our entire state,” said United Way of Central WV President, Margaret O’Neal. “Whether it’s information for locating a health clinic, finding child care programs, or getting housing assistance, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, go-to resource for individuals and families.

To utilize these resources West Virginians can:

Call 2-1-1
Text your zip code to 898-211
Call toll-free 1-833-848-9905

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The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program

This Grant Program is an initiative between Main Street America and Brother International to support brick-and-mortar small businesses in Main Street districts as they work to adapt to COVID-19 and prepare for the next phases of reopening across the country, while also helping to revitalize and strengthen older and historic commercial corridors.

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